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Celtics Week in Review: Week 1 2011-12 season

Posted by shawn cassidy on January 1, 2012 at 1:20 AM

 


 


Games from December 25th-December 31st


Celtics Record 1-3

Games lost: Knicks,Heat,Hornets (0-3 on the road)

Games won: Pistons(Home opener)


Top Scorer: Ray Allen 20.0 PPG

Top Assist man: Rondo 9.0

Top Rebounder: Bass/Garnett 5.8



Performance of the week: Rondo against the Knicks 31 points,12 assists,5 steals

Team MVP: Ray Allen 20.0 PPG 3.5 APG 2.5 RPG 100% FT% 68% 3P%


Key Topics of the week


    Rondo's  been praised,and he's been bashed. He's been all over the place. Rajon started the week off with a bang on Christmas day . He clearly looked like the best player on the court on Christmas. He had some bright spots in the Miami games,but in the past two games against lesser opponents Rondo has been ordinary. The Celtics don't need an ordinary Rondo,and his fall off has been very noticeable. Rondo's defense looks poor at best,and he's not even gambling on defense. He's had two games without recording a steal,and that won't cut it for the Celtics. Rondo went from team MVP to mr inconsistent. Rondo has the skills,and the smarts,and I don't know what's going on with him.




    KG has been my second concern. I'm not sure if father time has knocked on KG's door. I'm hoping it's an issue because of the small training camp,and I'm hoping that he just doesn't have his footing yet. Garnett has always been passive,but this season he's showing it even more. KG. A key for the Celtics will always be Rondo,and KG. especially if KG is in a Celtics uniform.


    Bass has been a big surprise. I knew he was good,but he's posted better numbers than KG so far this season.  Bass has 15.8 points a game,and 5.8 rebounds a game. Bass has taken 6 more shots than KG,and he's shooting a better percentage. Bass has been the best big man all season for the Celtics.


    Ray Allen has clearly been the best Celtic so far. Posting great shooting numbers(100% FT 58%, FG/3P%),and showing no signs of age. He's kept the Celtics within  striking distance in both the Knick,and Heat game. I hope he continues this run all season.


    I'm not worried about the Celtics yet. They had a few rough games that could have gone either way,and Pierce wasn't there for either game. My biggest concern is the Celtics defense,and that makes no sense because it's been the Celtics top goal. The Celtics might just  be slow out of the gates,and in a week,or two the Celtics might be moving on nicely.

     




    The road ahead: 1/1 @Wizards, 1/2 Wizards, 1/4 Nets, 1/6 Pacers




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4 Comments

Reply jlil89
4:13 AM on January 1, 2012 
Guess we will have to wait and see. Allen has already stated that he had been training and kept in shape during the lockout so it only makes sense that he is shining brightest as the Big Three. Hopefully KG and PP SHOULD step up their games as well after a few weeks pass while they get into their footing.

I only pray that Rondo rises into a consistent MVP stature to help the C's into domination. The NBA will be in for a world of hurt if this all occurs.
Reply paul
7:03 AM on January 1, 2012 
I don't worry about KG so much. My big worry is Rondo. I think he has Celtic fans feeling more confused than ever.
Reply jlil89
9:22 AM on January 1, 2012 
Once the Big 3 find their solid groove and the wins start to pile in, I would be willing to bet that Rondo will step up his game. I'm sure after his impressive efforts in NY and MIA just to end up losing greatly discouraged the kid and he may have felt he was carrying the team or something. Like he said, "I didn't ask for this". Immature yet understandable i guess..... Either way the boy just needs a morale booster and good dose of confidence.
Reply paul
11:43 AM on January 1, 2012 
jlil89 says...
Once the Big 3 find their solid groove and the wins start to pile in, I would be willing to bet that Rondo will step up his game. I'm sure after his impressive efforts in NY and MIA just to end up losing greatly discouraged the kid and he may have felt he was carrying the team or something. Like he said, "I didn't ask for this". Immature yet understandable i guess..... Either way the boy just needs a morale booster and good dose of confidence.


I agree with you that Rondo must have been very discouraged after the Miami and NY games, and I'll bet that Garnett and Rivers made matters worse right away by jumping all over him about his terrible man-to-man D in those games. I'd have been deeply discouraged if I were him. The Cs seem like a dysfunctional family sometimes.

But I don't think the Big Three can be counted on to win a lot of games for us anymore. When Rondo leads, this offense can be genuinely powerful, but we badly need him to lead AND stay on his man at the other end. If he could ever put his game together consistently this year, we could become a heckofa team. But can he? Especially considering that he seems increasingly injury prone? But there again, I think Rondo gets sprained ankles because his footwork on defense is bad.